While the summer vacations are a time for students to take a break from school and recharge their batteries for the next school year, it is important to remember that reading over the summer months is crucial to a child’s academic achievement.

Research has shown that children who don’t read (or read infrequently) during the summer vacation are more likely to fall victims of the “summer slide” – a decline in their reading ability. The lack of reading becomes more dangerous as students get older and advance through the school system and is why La Joya ISD is thrilled to provide every student in our district with free books to read on their days off at home.

During the last week of school, elementary, middle and high school libraries collaborated with the La Joya ISD ELA Department for the 2017 Summer Reading Book Distribution. All Pre-K and Kinder students were given a backpack filled with books, 1st and 2nd graders took home 3 books of their choice in a book bag, and students in 5th – 11th grades chose chapter books accompanied by an assignment.

A variety of creative themes were used to entice the students to pick up a book such as Benavides Elementary’s “Wild About Summer Reading”, Dr. Javier Saenz Middle School’s “Book Fiesta”, and Palmview High School’s “Go On A Reading Adventure.”

“Our school district has worked with rigorous efforts to ensure that every student from K-12 have reading material for the upcoming summer break,” stated Alma Salinas, La Joya ISD Library/Media/Textbooks Director. “Through this mass disbursement of books, we are able to facilitate reading material that students will enjoy and will help them maintain the reading skills that are necessary in all subject areas,” added Salinas.

Some useful summer reading tips are:

  1. Encourage your child to read at least 30 minutes per day.
  2. Connect reading to family outings.
  3. Make reading a family activity where a specific time of day is designated daily for the whole family.

For further information on the La Joya ISD summer reading initiative, visit our district website at www.lajoyaisd.com or call 956-323-2780.